This week in The Singles Bar #27, Hi Fi Way: The Pop Chronicles features:
The legendary Nile Rodgers & CHIC have teamed up with Mura Masa, Cosha and Vic Mensa for the release of Till The World Falls, out now on EMI Music Australia. The song is the first single to be taken from Nile Rodgers & CHIC’s new album It’s About Time, their first new album in 25 years.
Till The World Falls, produced by Nile Rodgers and Mura Masa, as well as written by them alongside co-writers Anderson .Paak, anaïs, Vic Mensa, and Nao, takes Nile Rodgers & CHIC’s distinct funk and dance-infused sound and updates it for 2018 with crisp beats, stunning production and infectious melodies. Cosha delivers a cool and soulful vocal over Nile’s signature guitar playing, before Vic Mensa serves up an earwormy middle-eight. It’s a modern day interpretation and joyful celebration of the iconic musical language crafted by Nile Rodgers with his vast and influential discography.
Following an epic sold-out national tour earlier in 2018 supporting his critically acclaimed #1 ARIA Australian album Vintage Modern, ARIA Award-winning rapper 360 announces a massive national regional tour, further marking his triumphant return to the spotlight. Kicking off in Ballarat on August 22, this run will find him, with special support from his long-time collaborator PEZ, playing to audiences all over regional Victoria, NSW, Northern Territory, Western Australia and Queensland before concluding in Tasmania on October 6.
In addition to the tour announce, 360 reveals his latest music video, a moving visual for fan favourite single Money, directed by frequent collaborator Rush Productions. Featuring the vocals of Perth singer/songwriter Sydnee Carter, Money has quickly become one of 360’s most beloved songs, finding him in peak form as a rapper, weaving in and out of personal tales about his triumphant rise and rapid fall, and the financial consequences and lessons learnt.
Melbourne’s Bakers Eddy are today excited to share the music video for their track Good Decisions, lifted from their sophomore EP I’m Not Making Good Decisions. The band are also thrilled to announce their signing to the renowned 123 Agency, and will be joining Sydney punks The Dead Love on tour throughout August.
The video, filmed and produced by Pop Candi, premiered last week in the UK via New Noise Magazine. Talking about the track, Bakers Eddy explain “‘Good Decisions’ ironically is a song about making terrible life choices resulting in an empty bank account and a bad hangover.”
The Bennies Natural Born Chillers album tour kicks off at Brisbane’s The Triffid this Wednesday followed by 14 shows, over two months which will see The Bennies visit every state in the country. Having just returned from an epic 6 week tour all around Europe, The Bennies are finally back on home ground and ready to do what they do best – bring the party to the people!
Clocking in at exactly 4 minutes and 20 seconds, the new clip from The Bennies for Trip Report which sees spoken word tales of the band’s day tucked in between the catchiest chorus without lyrics you’ve ever heard. The track plays out like an understated sequel to break-out Bennies classic Knights Forever.
Two-time GRAMMY® Award-winning, critically acclaimed New Zealand songstress Kimbra has unveiled a new take on Version of Me featuring DAWN. The original appears on her recently released tastemaker-praised third studio album, Primal Heart, available now on Warner Bros. Records.
On the record, Version of Me stood out as a stark, sparse, and stunning ballad, pairing stripped vocals and a piano hum amplified by orchestral strings. Kimbra’s voice took hold on confessions like, “I swear that I’m trying. If there’s a better version of me. Would you stay for the person I’ll be?” However, this update transforms the musical backdrop into an ambient soundscape wrapped in nocturnal synths supporting intense vocal interplay and excavating a message of duality. The song comes to life as a passionate, provocative, and powerful duet, adding another dimension to an already seismic moment from Primal Heart. Meanwhile, the stirring music video directed by frequent collaborator Micaiah Carter makes an equally potent statement translating the themes into a captivating and dramatic visual.
“To me, this version of the song moved it from a space of inner wrestling to a new relational dance where both characters were able to embody the words in different, but deeply impactful ways. The collaboration is born out of an immense respect we both hold for each other’s art. There’s something so electric about Dawn. The speed at which she recreated the song was really inspiring and it led to a momentum of joint creative endeavour for us. We wanted to capture a very personal visual environment to reflect the tension and resolve within this lyric. It was really confronting to be in a space of no distraction or decoration and sing from our innermost place, seeking to find strength in one another.”
ALICE IN CHAINS (vocalist/guitarist Jerry Cantrell, drummer Sean Kinney, bassist Mike Inez and vocalist/guitarist William DuVall) have announced an August 24 release for the long awaited RAINIER FOG (BMG), their first album in five years.
They’re giving fans another sneak preview of the album with today’s release of second track So Far Under. So Far Under follows the recent release of The One You Know and its Adam Mason directed companion video, which has already amassed over 2.3 million views.
Middle Kids – Hannah Joy, Harry Day and Tim Fitz – share the video for Don’t Be Hiding, which follows the recent release of their critically acclaimed debut album Lost Friends.
Hannah says about the song and video, “There are so many things we feel ashamed of and then so often hide. When hidden, it is easy to feel people don’t know us and if they did know us, they wouldn’t accept us. Don’t Be Hiding calls us to be honest and brave in sharing who we are whilst learning to love ourselves and each other as imperfect yet cherished people. We made this video at Harry’s house. It’s relaxed and playful, like the song, as if to create a space to explore this idea of sharing and accepting.”
Brisbane artist Clea today serves up another dose of ethereal dream pop in new single Cool Days, which premiered last night on triple j’s Good Nights. The track is lifted from Clea’s forthcoming debut album, due out later this year. Accompanying the track is a stunning visual shot on 16mm film, which Clea had a strong hand in bringing to life. In support of the release, Clea will be embarking on an east coast tour, headlining shows in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane.
On Cool Days, Clea collaborated with fellow musician and ‘Zefereli’ frontman, Alistar Richardson, at his hand-built recording studio in the Scenic Rim. “Cool Days is a song about appreciating the pleasures within the mundane of day-to-day life,” says Clea of the track. “The aim of the visuals was to capture the beautiful symmetry in everyday locations where one wouldn’t usually think too much of them.”
Total Giovanni are thrilled to share their new single Comes In Waves. Premiering on triple j’s Home and Hosed last night, the track is out now via Dot Dash / Remote Control Records. It arrives accompanied by a new music video, which you can watch via the image below.
Of the track, co-frontman Vachel Spirason explains “The lyrics came in bursts. Each section reflects a moment of becoming conscious of something. The feeling of being outside yourself. The song is different in that it doesn’t have a chorus – just three different verses with instrumental breaks that have their own feel. Conceptually, the whole song itself is sort of structured like a wave form, moving up and down whilst also moving forward with increasing intensity until it finally explodes.”
Fresh off the back of a run of east coast shows launching his fifth album, Blue Poles, and prior to solo shows in Los Angeles and New York, Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders have released a video for Feel Brand New.
Returning to Bali, where Ladder filmed White Flag, the first video from the album, Feel Brand New has a markedly different tone. Where Ladder was once attempting to escape being tied up on a beach blackened in the aftermath of a volcanic eruption, he is now languid and totally at ease in an ocean lagoon, surrounded by similarly carefree people apparently shooting wedding videos…
“Maybe the point”, Ladder says, “is that Iʼm trying to identify the public private moment”. Filmed on a handicam picked up at the airport in an effort to avoid using a smartphone to capture personal moments, he feels that in the end it’s simply him “just singing my song to my lover in front of hundreds of strangers also doing their own performances for the camera.”
Gold Coast’s IVEY new single Always, is out now and taken from their upcoming sophomore EP. With a constant bass groove, memorable lyrics and expert attention, to detail, this track is definitely their finest work to date. This one is for fans of groups like San Cisco, Jungle Giants & Last Dinosaurs who will really dig this toe-tappin jam off the group’s upcoming sophomore EP.
“Always is the product of taking our time with a song. We wanted to make sure everything sounded perfect, that each individual layer of the track was precise, and we did just that. It’s danceable, poppy, relatable and a bit of a f**k you song, we love it.”
Hellions have released their new track Furrow. The second piece of new music from Hellions, Furrow was recorded in Thailand with long-time producer Shane Edwards and captures the quintessential Hellions island vibe as the band take an introspective journey through self-worth and the impact it has on relationships.
Of Furrow Anthony Caruso (drummer/co-writer) says: “Furrow speaks of real, personal experiences in dealing with the mental processes of learning to accept, understand, forgive and above all, love someone in a relationship, where clashing values and morals are constantly challenging not only commitment to another person, but our own happiness. The outside world has profound influence on how we perceive ourselves; our self-worth. How this effects the state of being in love with one another can be so powerful, it can prove to be some of our greatest challenges throughout life. The fallen tulip in the artwork is an acknowledgment to the struggle and loneliness we can feel in fighting our own battles of self-perception, while being able to realise someone else’s.”
Melbourne’s blackened rock’n’roll quartet PAGAN are humbled to release their hotly anticipated debut album Black Wash. Black Wash is everything Pagan have worked towards over the last 5 calendar cycles, an album of tantalising blast beats, disco beats and 70s rock riffs unlike no other, led by hymns Death Before Disco and Silver. To mourn its release, the familia of Pagan has released a video for latest single Silver and announced a string of bands who will help them carry their cross and lead a procession of electrifying live shows across Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Hobart and Sydney over three weekends this August.
Silver is a story of toxic love; of two people who serve as each other’s biggest demons, of trying to salvage some sort of happiness with the person who brings out the worst in you, even though you know you also bring out the worst in them. This tragedy plays out over Pagan’s take on a straight-up pop soundtrack, with a subtle tip of the hat to the classic guitar rock of the 1970s. The video for Silver was filmed and directed by Aidan McDonald, and serves as the first look inside the Church of the Black Wash. It captures the pure, ritualistic energy that possesses Pagan every single time they enter the same room.
The fiercely strong and flawlessly honest song-writing of Melbourne’s Mojo Ruiz de Luzuriaga, aka Mojo Juju, returns in the form of a brand new single and title track off her third studio album NATIVE TONGUE, out August 24 via ABC Music/Universal.
Native Tongue is the opening track to the forthcoming album and it cuts directly to the bone. Lead by a mesmerising beat (courtesy of Joelistics) and the haunting vocal work of the Pasefika Vitoria Choir, Juju treats these opening moments like a live exorcism; she takes a hand over either side of her chest and turns herself completely inside out, laying her innermost workings bare for all to see.
Juju describes the track as “a song about longing. I think it’s a song for anyone who has ever felt like they are stuck between two worlds, struggling to find a place in either. Of course, I wrote this song about my own experience, but I also wrote it hoping that it might reach other mixed race and/or Indigenous people who have longed for deeper connection to their culture. My Dad speaks Tagalog, Ilonggo, Spanish and English, but growing up we only ever spoke English in our home. I would hear him talking to his family on the phone, a mash up of all these languages and I thought it sounded really cool, but it never dawned on me until I was older, exactly how much I was missing out on. I also remember as a teenager, my Mum researching her family history in an effort to learn more about her Grandfather and her Wiradjuri heritage. Now as an adult, I understand her urge to know more about her roots and lament the fact that I don’t speak the languages of my forebears.”
Sydney-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Julia Johnson, and her quirky and ethereal new single, Collarbone. Collarbone will be Johnson’s second standalone single she has ever released after debuting her solo single, Melissa, last year. This music comes after two albums created as Julia & The Deep Sea Sirens (2008 + 2013).
Johnson has crafted a unique sonic palette with Collarbone where voices and synths blend around antique folk instruments with the help of acclaimed producer, Sarah Belkner.
“This is my most monumental song so far. I spent part of my recent life trying to avoid loneliness, throwing my heart against the wall over and over in the process. Collarbone is about feeling f*cked up as well as defiantly ok about it. I’m only human, after all. I’ve never written a song so direct, so cruel and so forgiving of myself all at once. Plus, it’s my first song with a danceable beat!” – Julia Johnson
Neil Fallon for President of the United States of America? Yes please!
How To Shake Hands, (the second single from Clutch’s 12th studio record, Book Of Bad Decisions) gives a little insight into what that might look like.
How To Shake Hands traces its lineage back to Ry Cooder and John Lee Hooker via the song John Lee Hooker for President. In that song Ry Cooder impersonates JLH giving a stump speech on what will happen when he becomes President.
Clutch’s original idea of covering the Ry Cooder song was soon abandoned as Neil Fallon said he couldn’t do the song justice. Instead, Neil put his own lyrics in the style of Ry Cooder/JLH to a new Clutch song which ended up becoming the fast-paced How to Shake Hands.
Hot on the heels of their latest album Pray For The Wicked’s release and recently announced Australian tour, two-time Grammy® Award nominees Panic! At The Disco have dropped their latest video for the album track Hey Look Ma, I Made It.
Produced by American EDM artist Dillon Francis (who also makes a cameo appearance), the video for Hey Look Ma, I Made It – which depicts front man Brendon Urie in muppet form embarking on his dream of being a star – has clocked up over 2.6 million views in less than a week. The release follows on from singles Say Amen (Saturday Night) and High Hopes, which is currently dominating Australian radio airwaves and occupying the top 10 on the iTunes Australian singles charts.
Coheed and Cambria have shared their new single Unheavenly Creatures, the title track from their widely anticipated new LP, The Unheavenly Creatures, set for release on October 5. The Unheavenly Creatures is Coheed and Cambria’s eighth studio album. Their furious return to concept albums (15 songs over 78 minutes) is the ‘First Act’ in a brand-new story arc within the backdrop of The Amory Wars universe. The clip takes us inside the story’s opening chapters, where we begin by seeing two captured criminals (Creature and Colossus) being walked through a ship on their way towards judgement for their crimes. It’s clear any friendship that once existed has not survived, as we see colourful ﬂashbacks of their crimes committed against society, and perhaps, one another.
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